Sudan: Sudanese university dismisses 30 students from Darfur region

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - At least 30 university students hailing from the restive region of Darfur have been dismissed and two others suspended after the student community at Bahri University in Khartoum on Saturday protested an increase in study fees, a university spokesman said Sunday.

"Thirty students from Darfur region were dismissed and others had two and one-year suspension for demanding exemption from university fees as stipulated by the Darfur Peace Agreement," said Ibrahim Ahmed Adam, the university spokesman.

Adam told journalists in Khartoum that the university administration had to seek the help of riot police who used tear-gas canisters to disperse the students who had gathered at the university gates.

He said the students attempted to break the gates when the riot police were called to disperse the demonstration.

According to the official, students were protesting a decision by the university administration to raise the annual fees from 90,000 to 150,000 Sudanese pounds  (about US$18,000 to $30,000).

The Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), signed in 2011 between government in Khartoum and two rebel factions -- Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) -- in Doha, Qatar, provides that students from Darfur region are to be exempted from the high fees imposed by all universities in Sudan.

Students hailing from war-affected regions, including Darfur, pay lower fees in all education institutions, according to government education policies, but mainly based on the DDPD.

Darfur is one of three regions in Sudan, currently referred to as operation area due to the ongoing civil strife in those regions. The others are Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile regions.
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